Online Exhibits


Women Remember Drake

Hear stories from several generations of Drake graduates in this oral history project. From streetcars in the 30’s to quiet hours in the 80’s, see how things have changed… and how much they stay the same.

Historic Des Moines

Take a glimpse of Des Moines, Iowa as it entered the 20th century. A collection of photographs of homes, parks and public places taken between 1904 and 1914. Features the article: From the Real to the Ideal, Images of Des Moines in the Progressive Era by local historian John Zeller.

Cowles Family Publishing Legacy

Cowles Library holds the papers of three of the men who presided over the Cowles family publishing empire: John Cowles, Gardner Cowles, Jr. (Mike), and David S. Kruidenier, Jr. Presented online are the Cowles family tree, biographies, and finding aids for the papers.

Student Projects:

Building a Modern Campus

With the 1945 hiring of Saarinen, Swanson, and Saarinen, Drake University became one of the earliest American campuses to feature modernist architecture on a large scale. This online collection of images and documents showcases the work of Eliel and Eero Saarinen at Drake.


Drakeapedia is a wiki page about Drake University, developed by Drake students for the Drake community. The page was originally created by the First Year Seminar Class in 2010 and additions were made by the 2011 class.


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